Join us on a thrilling and exhilarating 9 days Zambian safari to see some of the best wildlife and breathtaking African scenery the Luangwa Valley has to offer. For a total of four nights, stay at Flatdogs Camp in South Luangwa National Park, followed by four nights at Luambe Camp in Luambe National Park.
You'll spend three nights in this park, which covers 9,475 square kilometres (3,475 square miles) of untouched wilderness that you can explore with game drives and guided safari walks. The Luangwa Valley is home to a staggering diversity of life, with around 100 mammal species, 400 bird species, and over 2000 plant species.
You will spend four nights in Luambe National Park, which provides a Luangwa Valley experience that is reminiscent of the Valley's early days – remote and wild!
Places Covered: South Luangwa National Park & Luambe National Park
Day 1 - 5: Flatdogs Camp – South Luangwa National Park
YOUR PERFECT GATEWAY TO SOUTH LUANGWA - Flatdogs Camp is on the border of the South Luangwa National Park, one of the last great wildlife wonders of the world. It is nine thousand square kilometres (3,475 square miles) of pristine wilderness and Flatdogs offers the perfect gateway. The South Luangwa NP has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation in 1972
At Flatdogs we pride ourselves on offering accommodation to rival the up-market lodges, at a fraction of the cost. Our range of South Luangwa accommodation options aim to suit all kinds of varied hominids – there are cool and spacious Chalet rooms, the wild & unique Jackalberry Treehouse, the airy Safari Tents with 270° views and the top-level bliss of the Crocodile Nest. We also have a swimming pool, WiFi in the main area, a book swap, and a curio shop supporting local artists and artisans.
What you will love about Flatdogs Camp:
THE ACTIVITIES: Qualified safari guides are eager to show off the incredibly diverse Zambian wildlife, both large and small, trees, birds, track spoor and even fish.
THE ACCOMMODATION: Flatdogs Camp offers luxury ensuite safari tents designed to help guests enjoy the sights and sounds of the wild.
THE GAME VIEWING: Flatdog’s night game drives in particular offer spectacular uninterrupted viewing, whilst the African night sounds create their musical orchestra.
More details: Flatdogs Camp
Day 5 - 9: Luambe Camp, Luambe National Park
Experience a park that's being restored -Join Luambe Conservation Project in restoring the National Park
The only accommodation in the park and an exciting conservation project.
What you will love about Luambe Camp:
THE REMOTENESS: Luambe Camp is the only accommodation in the entire park, so you can be assured that you will have wildlife sightings all to yourself
DIVERSE TERRAIN & WILDLIFE: Enjoy game drives and guided walks through the woodlands, grasslands and out into the floodplains with your guide and discover all that the Luambe wilderness has to offer.
THE CONSERVATION STORY: The story of the Luambe Conservation Project goes beyond a normal safari and you can actively participate in various projects that are restoring the park to its former glory.
More details: Luambe Camp
Day 1: Meet & Greet/ Local Flight Lusaka to Mfuwe
You'll book an international flight to Zambia's Lusaka International Airport (LUN). Our representative will greet you upon arrival and assist you in checking your luggage on your local flight from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa National Park.
A Flatdogs Camp guide will meet you at Mfuwe Airport and take you to Flatdogs Safari Camp in the South Luangwa National Park, one of the world's last great wildlife wonders.
After a 45-minute drive to the camp, you will check-in and relax before dinner is served later in the evening then bedtime at your chosen time.
Day 2 /3 /4: Exploring South Luangwa National Park
You'll have three full days to explore South Luangwa National Park, either on game drives or on foot as part of a walking safari. Your days will begin with a delicious breakfast, followed by a morning activity such as a game drive safari or a walking safari, followed by a return to the camp for lunch and free time to relax.
Afternoon tea will be served before the afternoon/evening game drive, which will begin with afternoon game viewing and then transition into a night safari with the use of spotlights in search of nocturnal animals after dark.
You will then return to the camp almost on time for dinner, and then to your preferred bedtime.
Day 5: Game Drive transfer from South Luangwa
Breakfast will be served before your Luambe Camp Guide/Drive meets you at Flatdogs to begin your journey to Luambe National Park. Enjoy a 4-hour road trip that will give you plenty of time to take in the new scenery, varied wildlife, and amazing birdlife you'll see along the way.
After that, you'll check-in, get lunch served, and then have time to relax and enjoy the closer-to-nature experience. Then there will be tea/coffee, followed by a late afternoon/early evening safari activity, before returning to the camp almost in time for dinner and a later bedtime.
Day 6 /7 /8: Explore Luambe National Park
This is your great opportunity to explore the amazing Luambe National Park during these days, and here is a list of things you can do during your stay:
Morning (5:00 am – 9:30 am) - Wake up to various birdcalls and the grunting hippo as they welcome a new day in the beautiful Luangwa Valley while enjoying a quick coffee with biscuits. Then, the early mornings are a great time for mammal monitoring drive with the Luambe guides or ZCP (when available). Other great morning activities include anti-poaching walks, coffee with the carmine bee-eaters OR walking the camera trap circuit to check on the night’s activity!
Midday Siesta (11 am – 2 pm) - This is your time to relax! Have a rest in your tent, or grab your binoculars and spot the birdlife from under the shade of a tree. Alternatively, spend time in the main area with our team learning more about the history of the project, looking at what was caught on the camera traps or updating the leopard family tree. A tasty lunch will be on offer at the camp before heading out for your late afternoon game drive.
Late afternoon / early evening (3 pm – 8 pm) - The late afternoon is a great time to walk the Luangwa listening to the hippos before finishing with sundowners OR heading to Chitingulu village to learn about life for the communities you live next to National Parks. Your evening will be spent relaxing in camp, with a sundowner in hand, watching the pinky sunsets over the river while listening to the antics of the hippo followed by a delicious 3-course meal in the dining area. After dinner, it is a great opportunity to listen and record the bat activity in camp for those with an interest in the smaller, more unique creatures of Luambe!
Day 9: Transfer to Mfuwe Airport / Local Flight
Breakfast will be served first, then check out of the camp and you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport and a local flight to Lusaka where you will connect with your outbound flight.
On arrival at Lusaka International airport, you will be greeted by our representative who will then assist you in checking in for your outbound flight.